Gary Rees


Former International Rugby Player Gary Rees enjoyed a prolific career as a flanker before retirement beckoned, opening up a new avenue for him as an after-dinner speaker and sports speaker. The one-club man, playing his entire career with Nottingham RFC, Rees enjoyed many years of success with the midlands side until the early 90s, where he severed his playing duties to take over an assistant coaching role. Making over 20 appearances throughout the 1980s for his country, Rees was selected for two Rugby World Cups in 1987 and 1991.

A dedicated professional throughout his career within rugby, Gary Rees now provides his expertise and knowledge into his role as an after-dinner speaker and rugby speaker. A coherent speaker who is able to capture the imagination of all in attendance, he manages to convey his experiences and expertise to all.

Rees is now regarded as a role model to the new generation of rugby players and aspiring professionals. Proving to be an inspirational addition to an event or occasion, Gary Rees conveys his experiences of peak performance and success across any occasion as an after-dinner speaker and rugby speaker. Articulate rugby speaker, coherent sports speaker and charismatic guest for your event, Gary Rees is an exceptional addition to any occasion.

Having delivered and been involved in over 1000 team talks, Gary is able to dissect the mechanics of a team talk. He is able to break such talks down and rebuild them for business use, anecdotally discussing them in after-dinner speeches. Given this talent, Gary has been able to place himself many high profile speaking experiences such as speaking for Aviva, Yorkshire Bank and RAF Shawbury.

To book Gary Rees as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Gary is known to cover the following topics:

  • Rugby Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Teamwork
  • Inspirational
  • Peak Performance

See what people had to say about Gary, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“On behalf of Southwell RFC, I would like to thank you for being a large part of a very successful end of season players dinner. Your speech was one of the funniest and most relevant to a Junior club, that we have ever had. It is no mean feat to entertain such a mixed audience who by the very nature of the event, do not want to sit quietly for very long, and you accomplished this admirably. It cannot be easy sitting through endless presentations to people you know nothing about, but you remained gracious throughout. You will be a hard act to follow and I wish you every success in pursuing this very precarious career path!”Charlie – Southwell Rugby Club

“Thank you very much for your entertaining talk at our Club Dinner on Saturday. Your anecdotes were much appreciated and we had positive comments from the boys. I hope you enjoyed the evening and had a safe journey home. Good to meet you and best wishes to you and Nottingham for the future”Steve – Kendall RFC

“Gary gave a very informative and entertaining account of his days in the England International squad at our Rugby Club Vice Presidents’ Dinner. His stories and experiences are well suited to audiences of our generation and I can highly recommend him.”David, Stratford Upon Avon Rugby Football Club Ltd

“Gary Rees spoke at the dinner following on from an over-40s charity rugby match at Morley RUFC on 10th May. Gary had thankfully stepped in at very short notice as our original speaker was unable to attend. Gary was well known to the audience from his exploits as an outstanding England rugby player in the 80s and 90s. His speech was hilarious but did not just contain the usual anecdotes about former internationals. He has obviously given serious thought to the psychology of the dressing room at the  highest  levels of sport and rugby in particular. This resulted in a much more interesting and memorable account of his experiences than is usual from famous after-dinner speakers. The speech was as thought-provoking as it was humorous and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Gary was a major part of a fantastic day at Morley and took the time to chat with the attendees after the dinner, well into the evening. I would whole-heartedly recommend Gary as a main speaker at any sporting event of this nature (not just rugby!). We will definitely be booking him in the future.” – Dr Simon, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

“Gary Rees spoke recently at our end of season dinner.  He recalled his early days on the road to international stardom and discussed some of the pros & cons of the present rugby union set up. Most interesting. He interspersed his speech with anecdotes from his playing days with England.  These were all stories we hadn’t heard before and a refreshing change from the oft repeated “stock”.  All in all a much appreciated talk which was well applauded by the audience.  After the dinner he stayed behind & mixed with the members at the bar, again much appreciated.  A good choice!”  – Ralph, Wolverhampton RUFC Former Players Association.